National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Washington|
(Thursday, May 17th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen hit two solo homers to lead
the Pirates to a 5-3 win over the Nationals in the finale of a two-game series
Rod Barajas added a two-run homer and Neil Walker also drove in a run for the
Pirates, winners in four of their last six games.
James McDonald (3-2) took a no-hitter into the sixth and earned the win after
giving up three runs on four hits while striking out 11 over 5 2/3 innings. He
said he wasn't upset to lose the no-hit bid.
"My goal at the end of the day is to see my team walk off with a victory," he
said. "We accomplished that today. I kept my team in the game the best I could
and the bullpen and the guys stepped up and kept it going."
Ryan Zimmerman drove in a pair of runs and Adam LaRoche had an RBI triple for
the Nationals, losers in two of three.
Jordan Zimmermann (2-4) was pegged with the loss after surrendering four runs
on seven hits over six frames.
"You look at that game and it seemed like the mistakes he made got hammered,"
said LaRoche. "So I think it was one of those games where it wasn't as bad as
The Pirates jumped ahead 1-0 in the first after McCutchen belted a 1-1
fastball over the right field wall.
Pittsburgh tacked on two more in the fourth when Barajas launched his third
homer of the season. Casey McGehee drew a two-out walk before Barajas sent
Zimmermann's 0-1 fastball into the stands in left.
McCutchen roped his second homer of the night and fifth of the season leading
off the sixth to make it 4-0. Zimmermann hung a first-pitch slider and
McCutchen made him pay, crushing the ball deep into the left field bleachers.
The Nationals made it 4-3 in the home half after a two-run double from
Zimmerman and LaRoche's RBI triple. Jesus Flores opened the frame with a
double and pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi followed with a two-base hit of his
own, putting runners at second and third. McDonald was able to get two outs
before Zimmerman roped a single to right, plating both Flores and Lombardozzi.
LaRoche followed with a triple, cutting the Pirates lead to just one.
Pittsburgh picked up a run in the seventh to go up 5-3. Josh Harrison doubled
before moving to third on a sacrifice bunt. A Jose Tabata walk put runners on
the corners for Walker, who grounded into a double-play, plating Harrison.
The Nationals had runners at second and third in the seventh following a
perfectly executed sacrifice bunt from Flores, but Juan Cruz, who entered the
game in relief, was able to get Lombardozzi to ground out and fanned Ian
Desmond to end the inning.
Washington put two runners on with one out in the ninth but Joel Hanrahan
slammed the door shut on a comeback, retiring the next two hitters en route to
his eighth save.
McDonald has struck out 44 batters in his last five starts...The Pirates are
12-0 when leading after six this season...Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper
finished the game 0-for-3 with a walk.
05/18 00:53:48 ET